Citi's head of liquidity management services for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Amit Agarwal, discusses strategies for dealing with a volatile global economic landscape.

In 2014, geopolitical tensions such as those between Russia and Ukraine, and the rise of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the Middle East, served as a reminder of how quickly the economic outlook for corporations that operate internationally can change. Added to this was the threat of pandemics – such as the spread of Ebola – as well as the threat of cybercrime.

These are just some of the macro issues that will continue to frame the thinking of corporate treasurers, as Amit Agarwal, head of liquidity management services for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Citi, explains in this video. Added to this are low oil prices, which are affecting how companies look at their treasury processes and liquidity management.

Companies have been stockpiling cash and Mr Agarwal explains how they are still looking at how they can deploy that cash beyond strategic merger and acquisition activity. In an environment of near zero interests rates in the US, and even negative interest rates in Europe, corporates are looking for investment options that balance the need for liquidity and yield as well as the security of protecting the principle.

Also in this video, Mr Agarwal explains what ‘client experience’ – a focus for the industry as a whole – means to him and Citi. Mr Agarwal also talks about his management philosophy and how he aims on bringing the network effect to the bank and connecting Citi’s international network.



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